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Best In America Charity

The MCEC is designated a Best In America Charity. The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

Survivor Corps Award, 2008

The Niarchos Survivorship Prize, established in 2004, promotes resilience and recovery for war-torn communities. It encourages survivors of war, conflict, and genocide to contribute to reconstruction, reconciliation, and healthy people living in healthy and peaceful societies.

The Military Child Education Coalition was honored May 6, 2008, in NYC by the Survivor Corps (formerly Landmine Survivors Network) and the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation with the 2008 Organization Niarchos Survivorship Prize. The prize was given for the MCEC’s Living In the New Normal: Supporting Children through Trauma & Loss (LINN) initiative, also created in 2004.

The Congressional Club Charity of the Year, April, 2004

The MCEC was named the Congressional Club Charity of the Year April 22, 2004. First Lady Laura Bush presented the award in conjunction with the Congressional Club's First Lady's Luncheon. At MCEC's annual conference in Colorado in July, Lee Ann Edwards, spouse of Congressman Chet Edwards of the 11th Congressional District of Texas, presented a check in the amount of $25,000 from the Congressional Club.

The award was presented to the MCEC in recognition for its efforts to improve educational opportunities for military children. Its efforts in identifying educational challenges facing military children and then working with educational and military communities to address those needs were key elements in the decision for the award.

American Advertising Awards

  • 2007 - The American Advertising Federation of Central Texas presented a bronze ADDY for the Tell Me Your Story Illustration Campaign.
  • 2006 - The 10th District American Advertising Federation of Central Texas presented a gold ADDY for the MCEC's Growing, Learning, Understanding Growth Chart.
  • 2006 - The 10th District American Advertising Federation of Central Texas presented a Special Judges' Award for the Growing, Learning, Understanding Growth Chart.
  • 2005 - The 10th District American Advertising Federation of Central Texas presented a bronze ADDY for Tell Me A Story Illustrations (Elements of Advertising/Illustration, Illustration Campaign).
  • 2005 - The 10th District American Advertising Federation of Central Texas presented a gold ADDY for Tell Me A Story (Illustration Campaign).
  • 2004 - The Advertising Club of Waco and Central Texas Ad League presented a bronze ADDY for Military Parents' Guide to No Child Left Behind (Elements of Advertising).
  • 2001 - The Advertising Club of Waco and Central Texas Ad League presented a bronze award for the MCEC's On the Move publication in the area of Public Service, Print Media, Magazine.
  • 2001 - The Advertising Club of Waco and Central Texas Ad League presented a silver award for the MCEC's Secondary Education Transition Study Report publication in the area of Public Service, Collateral Material, Annual Report.

Texas School Public Relations Association Awards

2007 - The Texas Public Relations Association presented the following awards for the MCEC's publications:

Best of Category

  • While You Are Away (Workbook, Handbooks/Manuals, +30,000 students/members category)
  • Tell Me Your Story illustrations (Original Art, +30,000 students/members category)

Gold Star Awards

  • Chart Your Course (Image Identity Package, +30,000 students/members category)
  • On The Move magazine (Magazine, +30,000 students/members category)
  • GLU Growth Chart (Poster, +30,000 students/members category)
  • 9th Annual Pre-conference Mailer (Invitations/Announcements, +30,000 students/members category)
  • Chart Your Course Academic Passport (Booklet, +30,000 students/members category)
  • SchoolQuest (Brochure, +30,000 students/members category)

2006 - The Texas Public Relations Association presented the following awards for the MCEC's publications:

Best of Category

  • Chart Your Course Roadmap (Posters, +30,000 students/members category)
  • A Legislator's Guide to Military Children (Posters, +30,000 students/members category)
  • Four Seasons Watercolors (Original Art, +30,000 students/members category)

Gold Star Awards

  • A Legislator's Guide to Military Children (Handbook/Manual, +30,000 students/members category)
  • Getting Your Ducklings in a Row (Handbook/Manual, +30,000 students/members category)
  • The MCEC Press Kit (Handbook/Manual, +30,000 students/members category)
  • GLU Kit - Making Meaning Through Family Literacy Toolkits (Image, Identity Package, +30,000 students/members category)
  • Four Seasons Watercolors (Original Art, +30,000 students/members category)
  • GLU Kit (Handbook/Manual, +30,000 students/members category)
  • Reaching New Heights for Children (Original Art, +30,000 students/members category)
  • Family Traditions for All Seasons (Booklet, +30,000 students/members category)
  • The MCEC Annual Calendar (Calendar/Planner, +30,000 students/members category)
  • The MCEC 8th Annual Conference Program (Programs, +30,000 students/members category)
  • Chart Your Course Roadmap (Posters, +30,000 students/members category)
  • Holiday Card, Note Card, and Bookmark Collection (Holiday, +30,000 students/members category)
  • On The Move magazine (Magazines, +30,000 students/members category)

Silver Awards

  • GLU: Making Meaning Through Early Literacy (Logo, Trademark, Symbol, +30,000 students/members category)
  • Recipe for Success Logo (Logo, Trademark, Symbol, +30,000 students/members category)

2005 - The Texas Public Relations Association presented the following awards for the MCEC's publications:

Gold Star Awards 

  • How Communities Can Support Children and Families of Those Serving in the National Guard and Reserves (Flyer Brochure, +20,000 students/members category)
  • Preparing for the Journey (Booklet, +20,000 students/members category)
  • The MCEC Calendar (Calendar Planner, +20,000 students/members category)
  • On The Move magazine (Magazine, +20,000 students/members category)

Silver Star Awards

  • The MCEC Informational Flyer (Flyer Brochure, +20,000 students/members)
  • The MCEC Conference Program - "Making Connections for Children" (Programs, 20,000 students/members)
  • http://www.militarychild.org (Website, +20,000 students/members)

"Good Neighbor" Award to Dr. Mary Keller by Fort Hood

Dr. Mary M. Keller was named a recipient of the Fort Hood "Good Neighbor" award for 2004 at its awards dinner September 22, 2004. Fort Hood's Good Neighbor program recognizes respected members of the local community whose contributions have significantly enhanced the well-being of soldiers and family members at the installation.